The grace of Christ be with you!
Are we blessed by God? Joseph wants to know. As one reads the story of Joseph in Genesis (chapter 37ff) one may wonder where God is in the events of his life. Had God promised to bless all the families of the earth through Abraham’s descendants only to stand by and watch that promise fail by the fourth generation? One may wonder.
Yet, even with the sufferings that he faced at the hands of his own brothers, Joseph saw the hand of God in his life at work for the good of all. So rather than even the score with his siblings, he broke the cycle of jealously, violence, and reprisals by forgiving his brothers. How can the church foster God’s blessing of all the families of the earth in today’s world like Joseph?